THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE: The first six weeks.
This introduces students to the Meisner Technique with rudimentary exercises such as repetition and improvisation exercises. The goal of this section is to strip away all unnecessary habits and encourage openness, i.e. feeling, reacting, following impulses and behaving creatively.
THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE: Second six weeks.
This will be a recap of the first six weeks, but adding the exercises to text and script. Here, the student will learn how to make committed choices with the text given by utilizing by acting verbs and by using first impulses. By the end of this section, students will graduate to performing in a fully staged scene.
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SECTION 2: IMPEDIMENT:
Section 2 is broken down into two halves, three weeks each. By the end of each half, students will express their work in a Salon (an improvised party with memorized text to draw from) complete with food, music, text, and activities.
The first half will cover Impediments – physical adjustments such as accents or mental/physical challenges. Over a 3-week period the actor will explore the concept of impediments in scene work, Meisner exercises and general movement. The second half covers Drunk and Drug Work , or an impediment that targets alcohol and substance affect in scene work. In the Salon, each actor gets to create a character of his/her own choosing with an Impediment or Intoxication indigenous to that character. By the end of Section 2, students should be able to combine inner life with the physicality of Impediment in order to bring to life a fully-fledged character.
SECTION 3: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
Section 3 is also broken down into two halves, three weeks each. By the end of each half, students will express their work in another Salon. The first half will cover the building blocks of character, i.e. impediments, voice, dress, sexual preference, “ticks” and mannerisms. Over a 3-week period the actor will research and experiment with character elements using physicality combined with inner life to build a unique dramatic character.